A naturally aspirated Porsche 911 Carrera is just “not really feasible,” as the R&D costs are too high

With the recent return of naturally aspirated engines to the 718 Boxster and Cayman lineup, it has raised the question of whether or not Porsche will offer a turbo-free 911 Carerra. It could, considering its new 4.0-liter engine (currently found in the Cayman GT4, Boxster Spyder, Cayman GTS, and Boxster GTS) would be a good fit in theory, but there’s a lot more to it than that.

A Naturally Aspirated Porsche 911 Carrera Just Isn’t Feasible

Sorry, Folks, But a Naturally Aspirated Porsche 911 Carrera Isn't Going to Happen
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To make the Porsche 911 Carrera naturally aspirated, Porsche would have to spend a lot of money on research and development. That 4.0-liter engine found in the 718 would have to be rotated by 180 degrees just for use in the rear of the 911. And, as it turns out, there’s actually a lot of desire for a naturally aspirated, road-going 911, and Porsche even admits it, but it’s just too much to handle.

In an interview with Autocar, Porsche’s Frank-Steffen Walliser straight-up admitted that it’s not really feasible:

Sorry, Folks, But a Naturally Aspirated Porsche 911 Carrera Isn't Going to Happen
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”You ask if there’s a desire. I will not deny that. But the reality tells me it will not happen. I would love to do something like that… [but] the research and development costs are too high to develop such an engine for the Carrera.”

Of course, if you really want a naturally aspirated Porsche 911, you could just pony up for the 911 GT3. The next 911 GT3 should debut in the next few months, and it will be free of any type of forced induction. Its successor, for that matter, will probably be naturally aspirated too. Porsche GT Division boss, Andreas Preuniger admitted that “Our philosophy in GT cars it to stay naturally aspirated.” So, you can expect, at the very least, for the GT3 to carry on turbo-free for some time to come. Otherwise, you might as well skip the 911 and god for the 718 instead.

Sorry, Folks, But a Naturally Aspirated Porsche 911 Carrera Isn't Going to Happen
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In the same interview, we’ve also learned more about the Porsche 911 Hybrid,, so be sure to check that out as well.

2020 Porsche 911 specifications
2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S
Cylinder layout / number of cylinders Boxer 6 Twin-Turbo Boxer 6 Twin-Turbo
Displacement 3.0 l 3.0 l
Engine layout Rear engine Rear engine
Max. Power 443 HP @ 6,500 RPM 443 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 390 LB-FT @ 2,300-5,000 RPM 390 LB-FT @ 2,300-5,000 RPM
Top Track Speed 191 mph PDK 190 mph PDK
Acceleration 0 - 60 mph 3.5 sec PDK / 3.3 sec (PDK with Sport Chrono) 3.4 sec PDK / 3.2 sec (PDK with Sport Chrono)

Source: Autocar

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